Inspiration and Motivation for your Planner

When you think about your planner, what inspires you in your designs and decorations? How do you find your inspiration? What motivates you to keep it accurate and up-to-date? Whether you use a pre-printed planner, a plain dot-grid journal, or a collection of printables — we all add our own mark to our planner system!

Where do you look for your planner inspiration?

When you sit down, how do you decide on the month’s theme or layout?  Do you base your designs and decorations on the season?  On the holiday of month?  On a personal event happening in that month?  If you’re like me, it’s all over the map depending on what I have planned for the month.

  • A lot of the time mine is based on the time of year – floral for spring, beautiful leaves for autumn.  But if I have a particularly big event in a month, I might switch it up.  In April of this year, I have a family wedding to attend so the design might include doves or wedding bells.
  • While electronic organization has it’s advantages, I almost always circle back to organizing in paper.  If for no other reason than I love my stickers and washi tapes!
  • I’ve even mixed up the mood trackers based on the overall design on the month.  If you aren’t integrating a mood tracker, you should give it a try!

How do you stay motivated to use your planner?

When life gets busy, productivity and habits can start to fall by the wayside.  How do you stay on track with using your planner?

  • When I started my first bullet journal, I actually put “bujo” as one of the habits in my habit tracker!  It helped me build the habit that is now instilled in me (for the most part).
  • Having all your journaling habits and supplies in place makes it so much easier to accomplish your planner goals.
  • For a little help or inspiration, check out these planner habit suggestions to cement it as part of your daily life.

A collection of ideas and designs – check them out!

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Here are just a few products to give you some ideas and inspiration for your journaling.  Some of them are brand-new products and some of them are just my favorite products!


Erin Condren Ettavee Ultimate Planny Pack


Erin Condren Layers Planner Folio


Coco and Opal Design Sticker Club


Journaling in June Part #4: Habits and Supplies

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Some things are suited for electronic form, such as a list you plan to share with someone else or a list of links that you want to be able to easily click on.  However, I find that for my purposes I like the paper versions especially for scheduling, tracking, and gratitude.

I have been stockpiling some of my supplies, waiting for the chance to get to use them!

Speaking of stickers, I highly encourage you to check out some of these brands that are just waiting for you:

Notes, Weekly, Monthly Printables
Notes, Weekly, Monthly Printables

New planner supplies + Erin Condren haul

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Oh my gosh, so many lovely things to share with you! I really hope you were able to snag your very own Erin Condren 2021 Spring Surprise box because I am in love with everything in it. So much fun to treat myself to the exclusive products and colors. If you haven’t received or opened your box yet, be forewarned that spoilers are below.


Erin Condren 2021 Spring Surprise Box
Erin Condren 2021 Spring Surprise Box
  • The beautiful Daily Focus Journal is an exclusive to the box. It contains 3 months of daily journaling with weekly reflections, note pages, and reflection pages.
  • The Mid Century Circles Mesh Tote Bag is so pretty! I can’t wait for the farmer’s markets to open for the season so I can take this with me.
  • The Daily Planning Notepad is so amazing! It has a huge to-do list down one side, a section for your top 3 priorities, a dot grid area, and of course a notes section.
  • These Watercolor Stickers have me excited to decorate something. The watercolor circles and swooshes are so pretty — I want to use them and save them!
  • I am a big fan of color-coding my layouts, and these Gemstone Fine Tip Markers are perfect. The purple, pink, and green are so pretty, and exclusive to the box!
  • Another exclusive to the box, the fun and sparkly Sunglasses and Mask Chain is so handy. Do you lose your reading glasses? Do you take your face mask on and off during the day? This was made for you!
  • The Vegan Leather Mini Monthly Adhesive Tabs are a gorgeous teal which is exclusive to the box however the rose gold ones that are available are beautiful as well.
Erin Condren Wonder Woman

In addition to my terrific Spring Surprise Box, I also got my hands on a pair of Wonder Woman goodies. I have notebooks for all kinds of lists, and this fabulous new Wonder Woman Productivity Petite Journal is a lined journal with built-in to-do lists.

Plus, who doesn’t love Wonder Woman stickers!?!? “Pow!”

They make me embrace the catchphrase – Do All The Things.

Steel Mill & Co Planner Set from FabFitFun

I also have to mention planner-related FabFitFun goodies too. As part of my quarterly subscription box, I received two double-ended highlighters which are so handy for my layouts, a fun pack of flower stickers that will perk up all my spring layouts, and an un-dated daily planner. I love that it’s undated so that if I don’t need to use it every day, I don’t waste any space.

Erin Condren LifePlanner
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